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Address: Liberty Road | Castletown, DT5 1AZ, England
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+44 1305 820539
10:00 - 17:00
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Overlooking and defending Portland harbour, this coastal artillery fortress...

Overlooking and defending Portland harbour, this coastal artillery fortress was built by Henry VIII to counter threats from France and Spain. It reatains its squat, rounded seaward form, designed to deflect incoming cannon shot. Discover the fort's ong and varied story through presentations, interactive exhibits and an audio tour. Be sure to visit the Tudor kitchen, armoury and gun decks. Or enjoy a picnic in the sheltered Contemporary Heritage Garden. Enjoy refreshments in Captain's House Tearoom. Child friendly and dog friendly.

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Nice view

We really enjoyed our visit to the castle and the view was great too. We were hungry so we didn't spend much time here and we didn't think that we missed much.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 December 2016
Swansea, United Kingdom
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Isle of Portland, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This attraction is good for a morning or afternoon, but would struggle to fill a whole day. On a bright day, is excellent for getting a picnic out and enjoying the garden area beyond the bridge. There is a English Heritage children's questionnaire to keep their minds busy and the cannons are a good attraction. There are also several "ye... More 

Thank Spanjulika
Swansea, United Kingdom
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299 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the castle and the view was great too. We were hungry so we didn't spend much time here and we didn't think that we missed much.

Thank GwynRoberts
Greater London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Good few hours nice place nice staff good cafe and small garden nice bit of history and would go again. Love to get married there.

Thank Katiekarlben
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Castle look small from outside but it's not small. Great for the young kids and very informative. Lovely place to visit

Thank md.shaha r
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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42 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This coastal artillery fortress was built be Henry VIII. A lot of history is explained. A fantastic audio tour is included in the low price. Good views. Can dress up as soldiers and take photos.

Thank Elga K
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51 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely castle, interesting history and how it was built. Lovely old board games the kids enjoyed playing. Would recommend a visit.

Thank Sarah W
Seaford, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

It's great that this place has audio guides, it kept the children interested the whole time and then were interested enough to read the boards around the castle too. There's a pleasant little picnic area in the garden which was also really well kept. I would recommend for a 2 or 3 hour trip.

Thank Julie F
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Interesting and historic castle. Unusually, for this type of defensive castle, it has been well used for just about every year of its life. Over the years it has been inhabited by the gun crews, naval officers. army officers of the Royal Engineers and even used as a family home. Whilst visiting there are opportunities for donning naval and army... More 

Thank Brianford
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

An interesting historical building. Built during the reign of Henry VIII and used as a small garrison for most of its remaining history. It did become a private residence for a few decades, but reverted to military use subsequently. Harbour views. Has a nice little tea room, serving Dorset apple cake :) We missed the ghost tour...

Thank Graham-G4FUJ
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34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Arrived on a wet day without dampening our spirits. Timed it right for a ghost tour by a lady in full witches regalia. Very spooky, the group was shown from room to room with tales being told very spookily but interesting. All in the 'spirit' of forthcoming Halloween. The castle is worth a good look with fine views from the... More 

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